Fried Calamari

Do you ever get that craving for something fried, and something that you typically only order out, but wish you could make at home? I know I do. And when I get that feeling, well, I typically try to recreate the experience, the flavor, and the texture, which typically yields positive results at a much lower cost. It was not too long ago when that feeling overcame me. I wanted that coastal bar food. You know the type. Fried oysters, or clams, or in my case, calamari.

I saw some nice, clean calamari at the store. If you have never had calamari, which is basically squid that is battered and fried, but let’s face it, some of us have had good calamari, and great calamari. Today, I am going to give you a recipe, that in my opinion, that is great calamari.

Fried Calamari Recipe


  • 1 lb clean squid, rings and tentacles
  • 2 cups of butttermilk
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • Your favorite marinara sauce, warmed
  • 1 whole lemon, cut into wedges
  • 3 cups of canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • additional salt for taste

Start by adding your cleaned squid to a mixing bowl, and add in the buttermilk. Mix, and let it marinate in the milk for at least one hour, if not two.

During this time, place the flour into another bowl and add in one teaspoon of salt, and one teaspoon of black pepper. Place your oil into your frying pot.

When you are ready to fry, heat up the oil to 375 degrees. During this time, drain the squid.

Add about a cup of the squid into the flour, give it a nice toss. You want a light coating here, nothing heavy. Add the coated squid into the heated oil. Repeat this process.

The squid will only take about 1-2 minutes to cook. Trust me, it does not take long for this super easy recipe that is packed full of fun and flavor.

Cook until a light golden brown, and remove onto a strainer with a slotted spoon, or a cooking spider. Season with a bit of salt. Repeat with the fry process until all is cooked.

Serve with a bowl of nice marinara sauce, lemon wedges, and garnish with fresh herbs.

Things so simple can be made at home for that coastal experience we all look forward from time to time. Enjoy.


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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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